July 2013 Prayer Calendar

Participation in the Prayer Partner Network is an essential part of Compassion's ministry for children and families in poverty.

July 2013 Prayer Calendar
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Like most children, my son went through a “why?” stage when he was a preschooler. Dozens of times a day he repeated his question. When we took walks he asked “why?” in connection to everything — why is that bird flying? Why are those flowers yellow? Why is there a crack in the sidewalk? Everything was new and exciting and different to him. Sometimes I think he even asked “why?” in his sleep!

I wish I had that childlike sense of curiosity. But it seems to fade away the older we get. Things that were once a source of wonder become normal. Those slow, meandering walks are a distant memory, lost in the fast pace of work and life. But that’s the point, isn’t it? It takes a margin of time and space to cultivate thinking, wonder and plain old curiosity.

What can we, as advocates for children in poverty, do to help them retain that curiosity? How can we protect children from the harshness of the world that squelches amazement? Through Compassion, much of that comes from providing a safe place where children are known, loved and protected. At our child development centers, children play and explore and learn.

Will you join me in praying this month for a continued sense of safety and security for the children we serve? Please pray that their minds will be expanded, and that they will ask and grow and seek.

My earnest prayer for each child is that her “why?” will be answered by a loving adult who will encourage that wonder and curiosity. May each child know the freedom to discover and learn. And may that seeking lead each child to Jesus!

Thank you for your prayers on behalf of more than a million children living in the midst of crushing poverty. You are truly making a difference!

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

Verse of the Month

"I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer."


— Psalm 17:6, NIV

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Monday 1

Thank you for praying for 6-year-old Chayakorn in Thailand, who is battling leukemia. Update: Chayakorn has completed his seventh round of chemotherapy and doctors are determining if a bone marrow transplant is needed.

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Tuesday 2

Pray for the families, friends and sponsors of Jefri and Erlisa, two Compassion children in eastern Indonesia who passed away on the same day.

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Wednesday 3

Pray for the mother of Alina in Peru, who suffers from terminal liver cancer. Alina’s Compassion center is helping with medical expenses and provides emotional support for the family.

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Thursday 4

Pray for beneficiaries served by CPK Dagoretti Child Development Center in Kenya. Poor drainage and burst pipes after heavy rains have contaminated water in the community.

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Friday 5

Pray for the protection of our Compassion beneficiaries and staff throughout Bangladesh, where political unrest is causing tension and fear to rise.

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Saturday 6

Pray for the leaders of Compassion Nicaragua as they interview potential church partners in the Chinandega area for a new Child Survival Program (CSP) slated to launch next year.

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Sunday 7

Please continue to pray for families of 230 Compassion children in Uganda whose homes were damaged in recent flooding. Compassion is helping provide food, personal and household items.

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Monday 8

Praise God for the success of recent heart surgery for Esther, a CSP child in Rwanda!

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Tuesday 9

Pray for Avjit’s mother in eastern India, who suffers from paralysis. Pray also for the family in this difficult time.

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Wednesday 10

Pray for 8-year-old Peruvian twins Abraham and Genesis and their 6-year-old sibling, Brayan, as they grieve the death of their father.

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Thursday 11

Pray for the Lord’s protection and care of our beneficiaries in the suburbs of Arusha, Tanzania, where recent violence has shaken the community.

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Friday 12

Pray for God’s healing of 14-year-old Geethu in India, who suffers from encephalitis and is unable to talk or recognize anyone.

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Saturday 13

Pray for Walensky in Haiti, who must cross a dangerous river to attend school and Compassion activities. Pray that his parents find a safer home less vulnerable to flooding.

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Sunday 14

Nearly 4,000 older children (age 10 and above) are registered with Compassion but are unsponsored. Please pray that the Lord will quickly raise up caring sponsors for these children.

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Monday 15

Praise God for His protection and care of our beneficiaries in eastern Indonesia, where heavy rains caused the Mahakam River to overflow. No children from our local program were affected!

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Tuesday 16

Pray for Alexandra in Ecuador, who recently experienced a serious setback during dialysis. She desperately needs a kidney transplant. Pray that a donor is found soon.

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Wednesday 17

Pray for God’s comfort for the family of 7-year-old Fisi in Rwanda, who recently drowned in the Nyabarongo River.

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Thursday 18

Please pray for families served by two CSP centers in Sri Lanka, where flooding has made it difficult to leave their homes. Compassion staff are providing meals to these families.

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Friday 19

Pray for 11-year-old Mary Carmen in Peru, who recently lost her mother to an accident at work. Mary Carmen is living with her aunt and continues to attend her child development center, which helped pay for burial expenses.

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Saturday 20

Pray for the people who live in the Mathare slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, where fire damaged or destroyed the homes of 2,000 families including the homes of 10 Compassion children.

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Sunday 21

Pray for Deepak in eastern India, who broke his right shoulder and sustained a head injury in a recent accident.

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Monday 22

Pray for sponsored child Lovena in Haiti, who will soon give birth. Pray that this young woman can mature quickly and be a responsible and caring mother.

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Tuesday 23

Pray for the beneficiaries and staff of our Javjeevan Bal Vikas Kendra and Anugrah Bal Vikas centers in India, as both communities struggle with severe water shortages.

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Wednesday 24

Thank you for continuing to lift up Compassion’s President-elect Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado in prayer as he prepares to assume leadership in September.

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Thursday 25

Pray for the families of 154 Compassion children in Bangladesh whose homes were damaged by floods. Please also pray for the staff of the Bajua Child Sponsorship Program, who are repairing damages to their church and child development center.

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Friday 26

Pray for the families of 28 Compassion children in Villavicencio, Colombia, whose homes were damaged by recent heavy flooding.

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Saturday 27

Pray for Yasinta in Tanzania, whose alcoholic mother recently left, taking nearly everything from their small one-room house.

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Sunday 28

Pray for the Compassion families in Thailand whose homes were damaged or destroyed by heavy rains. Compassion is providing supplies for home repairs.

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Monday 29

Pray for Compassion child Jeharin in Nicaragua, who needs a kidney transplant. Pray that a donor is found soon.

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Tuesday 30

Please continue to pray for the children in Ethiopia who are becoming orphans because of the AIDS pandemic. Pray for all children worldwide affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Wednesday 31

Praise God with us that more than 163,527 Compassion children and their moms have invited Jesus to be their Savior over the last year. Your prayers are truly changing lives!

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